Dutch Apologize To Russia Over Arrest Of Diplomat _ But Russia Still Criticizes Their Cheese

An artisan gives finishing touches to an effigy of demon king Ravana in preparation for the upcoming Hindu festival of Dussehra in the northern Indian city of Chandigarh October 8, 2013. The effigies are burnt during the festival which commemorates the triumph of Lord Rama over Ravana, marking the victory of good over evil. REUTERS/Ajay Verma (INDIA - Tags: RELIGION SOCIETY TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)

decision to cut aid comes three months after military coup to oust democratically elected president. Anne Gearan Secretary apologizes for Obamas absence at the annual session, meets with Chinese premier. Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman Alexander Lukashevich said Borodin had been arrested over an absolutely contrived allegation of child abuse, and that the Dutch ambassador to Russia had been summoned to the ministry in Moscow to receive an official protest over the case. The Netherlands Foreign Ministry said an incident occurred with a Russian diplomat that led to an arrest by the Dutch police and that it is under review. Speaking from the APEC summit in Bali, Indonesia, Putin described the arrest as a rude violation of treaties on diplomatic relations. The Dutch ministerial statement, while not exactly conciliatory, said, If it emerges from the investigation that actions were taken in conflict with the Vienna Treaty on Diplomatic Relations, the Netherlands will apologize to Russia. The timing of the disputed arrest is sensitive. On Sept. 18, the Russian coast guard seized the Dutch-flagged ship Arctic Sunrise after Greenpeace activists used it to stage a demonstration at an offshore oil platform owned by Gazprom. Last week, the Russians charged all 30 on board the ship with piracy which carries a maximum sentence of 15 years. Dutch Foreign Minister Frans Timmermans said Friday that he would seek to recover the ship at the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea, based in Hamburg, Germany, because it wasnt clear whether the ships seizure was legal. He said he would seek the release of the 30 detainees, among them activists and journalists, via diplomatic channels.

An artisan gives finishing touches to an effigy of demon king Ravana in preparation for the upcoming Hindu festival of Dussehra in the northern Indian city of Chandigarh October 8, 2013. The effigies are burnt during the festival which commemorates the triumph of Lord Rama over Ravana, marking the victory of good over evil. REUTERS/Ajay Verma (INDIA - Tags: RELIGION SOCIETY TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)

The Hague has offered us its excuses, but it has effectively sought to justify the police action, calling it professional. So, there are excuses but there is no one to blame, he tweeted. Police have declined to comment on the incident. Dutch state broadcaster NOS reported that police had traced a car involved in an accident that day to Borodins home, and neighbors told police they were worried for the safety of the children inside. The Dutch-Russian spat shifted to another topic Wednesday as Russia questioned the quality of one of the Netherlands key exports cheese. The chief of Russias agriculture products agency was quoted by Russian news agencies as saying a Russian delegation inspecting Dutch cheese-making facilities was not satisfied with the quality of the product. Agency head Sergei Dankvert said the results were preliminary and a full report would come later. In Moscow, meanwhile, Vladimir Markin, a spokesman for the Investigative Committee dealing with the Greenpeace incident, said investigators were trying to identify the activists whose inflatable boats tried to block Russian coast guards. He said they were threatening life and safety of an official. He also said dual use equipment and drugs were found on board the Greenpeace boat that protested Sept. 18 at a Gazprom-owned oil rig. Russian authorities have seized the boat. Greenpeace said any claim that illegal drugs were found is a smear, its a fabrication, pure and simple. The head of Greenpeace International wrote to Russian President Vladimir Putin requesting a meeting in Moscow and offering himself as human bail for the detainees. Kumi Naidoo of the Amsterdam-based organization delivered the letter to the Russian embassy in The Hague on Wednesday.

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Targeting Gazprom Greenpeace is planning to target Gazprom and European companies buying its natural gas to secure the activists release, according to Naidoo. The group is considering a consumer campaign against the state-run Russian company, which supplies about a quarter of the European Unions gas, he said. Gazprom, Russias largest company, plans to become the first Russian explorer to start producing oil in the Arctic offshore as soon as this year. Greenpeace activists scaled the same drilling platform in 2012. This confirms that their goal is not to protect the environment but to attract attention, Sergei Kupriyanov , a spokesman for Moscow-based Gazprom, said by phone. The activists were detained not by Gazprom but by state investigative bodies and our European clients have absolutely nothing to do with it. 30 Countries Greenpeace campaigners earlier this month occupied gasoline stations in Germany operated by Gazprom. They also delayed a Champions League soccer game between Basel and Germanys Schalke 04, sponsored by Gazprom, unfurling a protest banner. Last month, demonstrations were staged in 30 countries, including Brazil , France and the U.S., outside Russian diplomatic missions and Gazprom offices. If we make it difficult for Gazprom to sell to Europe, that will hurt the company, said Naidoo, adding that any campaign would also target partners of Gazprom, including companies in Germany and other EU states that buy its gas. Adding to the tensions, President Vladimir Putin yesterday demanded a Dutch apology after police arrested a Russian diplomat in The Hague and allegedly beat him in front of his family, according to a statement by the Foreign Ministry in Moscow. The Netherlands today said the envoys diplomatic immunity had been violated and offered its apologies over the incident. Arctic Sunrise Two citizens of the Netherlands are among the Greenpeace activists in custody in the port city of Murmansk. The countrys authorities said Oct.

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“Alexander boxed to the last like a warrior, and I thank him for that,” he said into a microphone. “This is sports, and the stronger man wins.” Boos and whistles drowned out his words: To many in the audience, it had been much more than sports. Recriminations started immediately afterward. Nikolai Valuev, a former heavyweight champion turned pro-Putin parliament deputy, accused Klitschko of fighting dirty. Prominent Russian Orthodox clergyman Dimitri Pershin said Povetkin had lost because he had betrayed Christianity by showing too much interest in the ancient pagan gods of the Slavs. “Instead of tattooing runes on his body, he should have trained,” the Interfax news service quoted Pershin as saying. Some Russians were disheartened by the contrast between the pre-fight nationalist display and the fight itself. “Such a dense concentration of nationalism is advisable only when you’re fully confident of a victory,” former privatization minister Alfred Kokh wrote on Facebook. Many Ukrainians could not resist gloating at the Russian fighter’s powerlessness to stop their idol. Jokes filled social networks, with Ukrainians calling Povetkin “Chicken Kiev” and “Alexander the Hugger.” Perhaps Povetkin, who came unbeaten to the fight with Klitschko, could have acquitted himself better had it not been for the incredible political build-up. “What Alexander did in the ring was caused by extreme psychological pressure,” respected boxing commentator Vladimir Gendlin told TV Rain. “The impossible was demanded of him.” Putin, an accomplished wrestler and mixed fighting fan, must have known that Povetkin was outmatched. Organizers expected him to come to the fight, but he didn’t show.